Kardashian Cultural Appropriation

Another day, another Kardashian cultural appropriation controversy.

Where is the line for cultural appropriation? Kendall Jenner is under fire for a styling choice. The model posed in Vogue‘s November issue to honor the 15th anniversary of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, but everyone was quick to hone in on how she wore her hair for the feature.

Some fans are pointing out that Jenner is wearing an afro, despite not being a person of color.

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“This is just horrible to look at period, how this magazine thought it was suitable for the period they are so wrong. It is insensitive and offensive to so many people,” someone wrote.

“Why did you use a white celebrity for this shoot instead of a person of color who rocks this hair naturally,” another added.

“DISRESPECTFUL!!!!!!! We’re told our children can’t wear their natural hair to school and it’s unacceptable in many jobs. Yet if whites and others copy it, it’s then considered high fashion.”

Not everyone seems to agree, though.

“Maybe it was an interesting look because her hair is always straight. The creative director wanted to try something new with Kendall’s look. Some people have curly frizzy hair like this. These comments are unreal!” said one person.

“I wish some people can just chill and stop taking offence about every single thing which is obviously not meant to offend,” said another.

Even with the divided comment section, Vogue stepped forward to apologize and clarify its intent in a statement to Fashionista.

“The image is meant to be an update of the romantic Edwardian/Gibson Girl hair which suits the period feel of the Brock Collection, and also the big hair of the 60s and the early 70s, that puffed-out, teased-out look of those eras,” it read. “We apologize if it came across differently than intended, and did not mean to offend anyone by it.”

Kendall herself has not commented or said anything about the controversy.

What do you think of the controversy?


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